one little idea

a month or so ago, i approached my station manager about seeing if the georgia association of broadcasters would be interested in recognizing individual reporters as well as their stations for stories that win awards. when i was in newspaper, we would submit our stories under our newspaper’s name but our names were on them, and when we won the newspaper got the big plaque and we received certificates with our name and the award on them. i pitched a similar idea, and the gab board loved it! i think this soon might be added, which i think is awesome. i know i was bummed when a story i wrote won first place last year but i didn’t receive any recognition for it. i think it’s pretty cool that i’m helping shape something that will be implemented by the gab and will affect all radio and television stations.

in other cool work news, i’m going with my boss next week to judge the mississippi association of broadcasters awards. they judge the georgia awards each year, so we judge theirs. usually our news director goes, but this year i get to. i’m really excited. it’ll be a neat experience, and it’ll be awesome to get to hear the work of other stations.

thank you cards or emails

there are several people who have donated money in my name for the upcoming arthritis walk. i want to thank them, but i can’t decide if i should send thank you cards or emails. thank you cards are kind of a lost art these days with the internet, but i don’t want to seem too corny. what do you all think?

why my brother rocks

he just called twice (because i didn’t answer the first time) to tell me that a girl at his college is selling gilmore girls season 7 and the o.c. season 4 for $15 each and that he’s going to grab them for me. my.brother.rocks.

wordless wednesday: saying the blessing

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recreational nudity

joe called me yesterday to tell me that www.slate.com had been blocked at his school. he was very upset. slate is one of his daily reads. but, i don’t think that was the only reason he was upset.

“they said it was pornographic and recreational nudity. i must not have been looking at the right part!”

weekend getaway

we had so much fun in savannah, despite the oppressive humidity. we left early friday morning and arrived in statesboro around 11 a.m. we walked around the campus of georgia southern university, where joe went to school, and he showed me things like the radio station he worked at. i can’t imagine how people live there in the summer. it was bad enough for me in april!

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when we left, we drove through the downtown area and stopped by the statesboro herald, the first newspaper joe worked at. a couple of people he worked there with five or so years ago were still there, so they got to talk for a bit.

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after lunch at a local mexican restaurant and a trip to the statesboro mall (otherwise known as the “small”. seriously, it’s so small that we walked across it in less than two minutes.) where i went on an unplanned shopping trip at maurice’s (*love* that store!), we headed to savannah. our hotel was on abercorn street, which is one of the main roads in town and pretty central to everything. we were just a few miles from the mall and numerous restaurants as well as from the historic area.

we relaxed friday night, and our plan saturday was to go to the beach and then hit the historic area. however, i got pretty sick and ended up taking a 4-hour nap. we headed to the historic area around 5 p.m., but it actually worked out well because the temperature was very nice. it made the outing enjoyable rather than unbearable, as the day before in statesboro had been. we passed about four weddings. the historic area is so beautiful, i told joe we should have gotten married there!

as we walked, we stopped by the house from the book “midnight in the garden of good and evil,” a nonfiction book based on a murder that happened in savannah. we were told that the bird girl statue featured on the book’s cover was moved to the telfair museum because visitors trampled the grave of a young girl who had recently died. her parents were upset and complained, and the statue was moved.

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we also saw the fountain and the synagogue that houses the oldest reform congregation in the country. it is a gorgeous building. joe took some pretty artsy photos of it.

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after touring part of the historic area (there are 23 squares), we headed downtown for dinner and walking along river street. it was a great weekend trip and a pretty good way to escape from reality for a while.